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Inge King(1915-2016)
INGE KING (1915-2016), Dancer 1992

Lot 12: INGE KING (1915-2016), Dancer 1992

Auction Date: Jun 30, 2021

Estimate: AUD9,000 - AUD14,000

Description: INGE KING
(1915-2016)

Dancer 1992
bronze
23.0 x 12.0 x 25.0 cm
unique
signed with initials to base: IK

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Location: South Yarra, VIC, AU

Auction House: Menzies

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INGE KING (1915-2016) Venus bronze, unique cast

Lot 12: INGE KING (1915-2016) Venus bronze, unique cast

Auction Date: Jun 08, 2021

Estimate: AUD18,000 - AUD24,000

Description: INGE KING(1915-2016)
Venus
bronze, unique cast
102.5cm (height)

PROVENANCE:
Private collection, Melbourne
Thence by descent

EXHIBITIONS:
Sculpture, Australian Galleries, Sydney, 8 April - 1 May 1997, cat. no. 3

OTHER NOTES:
From her arrival in Australia in 1950, Inge King AM was one of Australia's most dynamic and revered sculptors. She was a pivotal part of the Centre 5 group, founded in 1961, whose aim was to increase public awareness of sculpture within Australia. The group included Julius Kane, Lenton Parr, Vincas Jomantas, Clifford Last and Norma Redpath.
By the 1990s, Inge King was one of Australia's most recognised sculptors, with decades of exhibition history and major public commissions already under her belt. But, it was this particular decade that saw a return to figuration and the processes of collage in her work. The technique she used, largely the assemblage of abstract forms in steel or bronze, was in some ways a return to her earlier 1940s and 1960s work.
This new direction for Inge stemmed from a major commission she was awarded for a Melbourne office foyer. The work, titled Joie de vivre, was constructed from a series of flat abstract planes, originally created in fibreboard and then each plane cast into bronze. Each plane was then assembled and fixed with a welder, and finally the surface coloured and patinated. Inge followed this method throughout the next decade, where her sculptures took on the forms of gods, angels, and celestial beings. This new subject matter "extends the trend begun with the totemic figures of the 1980s and has much significance for the large body of works involving rings created throughout the 2000s" (Sasha Grishin).
Whilst her angels display a sense of movement, Inge's gods exhibit a quiet solemnity and monumentality. Her representation of Helios 1992, the god of the sun, stands firmly with large semi-circular discs held high in glory, facing upwards to the light resembling both the sun's shape and the outline of wings. Similarly, Inge's Venus, the goddess of love and beauty, exhibits a strong central line standing at just over one metre in height. Representations of Venus in history centre on fertility and femininity, often depicting her wearing a crown and in nude form. In Inge's sculpture here we see Venus standing strong and tall, her womanly shape possibly noted through the circular breasts before her crown-shaped head with a regal bearing. She is strong, imposing, alluring and powerful much like Venus herself.

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Location: Melbourne, VIC, AU

Auction House: Leonard Joel

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INGE KING (1915-2016) Constellation 1999

Lot 99: INGE KING (1915-2016) Constellation 1999

Auction Date: Nov 19, 2020

Estimate: AUD6,000 - AUD9,000

Description: INGE KING
(1915-2016),
Constellation 1999
patinated bronze
21.5 cm height
unique
signed with initials to base: iK
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Location: KENSINGTON, NSW, AU

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INGE KING 1915-2016 Bird Symbol (1986) painted polychrome steel 204 x 33 x 28 cm

Lot 47: INGE KING 1915-2016 Bird Symbol (1986) painted polychrome steel 204 x 33 x 28 cm

Auction Date: Nov 18, 2020

Estimate: AUD12,000 - AUD18,000

Description: INGE KING
1915-2016
Bird Symbol (1986)
painted polychrome steel
204 x 33 x 28 cm

PROVENANCE
Inge King, Melbourne

Mrs Rae Rothfield, Melbourne, acquired from the above in May 1989

EXHIBITED
Inge King, Australian Galleries, Melbourne, 13-30 April 1988, no. 4, illustrated

LITERATURE
David Thomas, Inge King: Small Sculptures 1943-1994, Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo, 1995, p. 13 (illustrated)

Judith Trimble, Inge King: Sculptor, Craftsman House, Sydney, 1996, pp. 135, 139 (illustrated), 204, 210

Sasha Grishin, The Art of Inge King: Sculptor, Macmillan Art Publishing, Melbourne, 2014, pp. 187 (illustrated), 333 (illustrated), 371
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Location: WOOLLAHRA, NSW, AU

Auction House: Smith & Singer

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INGE KING 1915-2016 Great Boulder (1967-1968) painted steel, unique 212 x 106.5 x 99 cm

Lot 3: INGE KING 1915-2016 Great Boulder (1967-1968) painted steel, unique 212 x 106.5 x 99 cm

Auction Date: Jun 24, 2020

Estimate: AUD50,000 - AUD70,000

Description: INGE KING
1915-2016
Great Boulder (1967-1968)
painted steel, unique
212 x 106.5 x 99 cm

PROVENANCE
Private Collection, Sydney

Private Collection, New South Wales, by descent from the above

LITERATURE
Judith Trimble, Inge King: Sculptor, Craftsman House, Sydney, 1996, pp. 62 (illustrated), 63, 199

Sasha Grishin, The Art of Inge King: Sculptor, Macmillan Art Publishing, Melbourne, 2014, pp. 94, 96 (illustrated), 318 (illustrated), 368
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Location: WOOLLAHRA, NSW, AU

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INGE KING (1915-2016) Angel (Maquette) 1993 bronze, unique cast

Lot 74: INGE KING (1915-2016) Angel (Maquette) 1993 bronze, unique cast

Auction Date: Jun 02, 2020

Estimate: AUD12,000 - AUD18,000

Description: INGE KING(1915-2016)
Angel (Maquette) 1993
bronze, unique cast
initials inscribed on side of base
title, date and medium inscribed on label at base
27 x 20 x 12cm (irregular)

PROVENANCE:
Gifted to the vendor by Mark Strizic, 2010
Private collection, Melbourne

LITERATURE:
Grishin, S., The Art of Inge King: Sculptor, Macmillan Art Publishing, Melbourne, 2014, p.374.


OTHER NOTES:
During the 20th century, Inge King became one of the most prominent Modern sculptors in Australia. With a career spanning across eight decades, her remarkable story of becoming a sculptor began after fleeing Germany during the Second World War.

Settling for a short time in England, King was accepted into the Glasgow School of Art where she honed her skills in sculpture and focused her practice on carving. Eventually fleeing Europe all together, King travelled to America where she met artists Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock who had a profound impact on her work. Influenced by her engagement with Abstract Expressionism in New York, she began creating non-representational sculpture inspired by the Australian landscape. It was at this point that she became a founding member of the noteworthy Centre 5 Group of sculptors in Melbourne, where she eventually settled with husband and fellow artist, Graham King.

In the late 1950's King made the transition to bronze as her primary medium. A common career move for many sculptors in their careers, as this allowed them to produce large scale public commissions while also creating revenue by casting smaller editioned works for exhibitions and collectors. King somewhat personalised her method of production by working with flat shapes as her foundation. By cutting shapes out of paper, she was able to incorporate collage and assemblage into her practice while working towards her final product in metal.

Angel (maquette) 1996, is characterised by the placement of two-dimensional sheets connected to create a concept of movement. Angel reflects a body of works King produced late in her career, at a time where she had long been considered a veteran in the arts. The use of flat sheets of metal were also a response to King's fascination with light and the reflective qualities of her works, particularly when placed outdoors.

King won significant public commissions including 'Forward Surge' situated at the National Gallery of Victoria, Sun Ribbon at Anzac Parade in Canberra with many large-scale works found in public spaces and in institutions. Inge King was honoured with a Member of The Order Australia in 1984, for her contribution to the arts and her role in the development of modern sculpture in Australia.


©Inge King/ Copyright Agency, 2020
Related Work:
Singing Child 1993, Trimble, J., Inge King Sculpture, Art and Australia and Craftsman House, Sydney, 1996, p.164 (illus)
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Location: Melbourne, VIC, AU

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INGE KING 1915-2016 Bush Family (1960, cast 1989) bronze, edition of 6 cast in 1989 33.5 x 24 x 12.5 cm

Lot 38: INGE KING 1915-2016 Bush Family (1960, cast 1989) bronze, edition of 6 cast in 1989 33.5 x 24 x 12.5 cm

Auction Date: Oct 23, 2019

Estimate: AUD6,000 - AUD9,000

Description: INGE KING
1915-2016
Bush Family (1960, cast 1989)
bronze, edition of 6 cast in 1989
signed 'ik' on base
33.5 x 24 x 12.5 cm

PROVENANCE
Inge King, Melbourne
Mrs Rae Rothfield, Melbourne, acquired from the above in May 1989

LITERATURE
Judith Trimble, Inge King: Sculptor, Craftsman House, Sydney, 1996, p. 197 (illustrated)
Sasha Grishin, The Art of Inge King: Sculptor, Macmillan Art Publishing, Melbourne, 2014, pp. 83 (illustrated), 312 (illustrated), 366
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Location: Melbourne, VIC, AU

Auction House: Smith & Singer

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INGE KING 1915-2016 Bird Symbol (1986) painted polychrome steel 204 x 33 x 28 cm

Lot 40: INGE KING 1915-2016 Bird Symbol (1986) painted polychrome steel 204 x 33 x 28 cm

Auction Date: Oct 23, 2019

Estimate: AUD15,000 - AUD20,000

Description: INGE KING
1915-2016
Bird Symbol (1986)
painted polychrome steel
204 x 33 x 28 cm

PROVENANCE
Inge King, Melbourne
Mrs Rae Rothfield, Melbourne, acquired from the above in May 1989

EXHIBITED
Inge King, Australian Galleries, Melbourne, 13-30 April 1988, no. 4, illustrated

LITERATURE
David Thomas, Inge King: Small Sculptures 1943-1994, Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo, 1995, p. 13 (illustrated)
Judith Trimble, Inge King: Sculptor, Craftsman House, Sydney, 1996, pp. 135, 139 (illustrated), 204, 210
Sasha Grishin, The Art of Inge King: Sculptor, Macmillan Art Publishing, Melbourne, 2014, pp. 187 (illustrated), 333 (illustrated), 371
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Location: Melbourne, VIC, AU

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INGE KING 1915-2016 Untitled (1960s) welded steel 28.2 x 16 x 13 cm

Lot 39: INGE KING 1915-2016 Untitled (1960s) welded steel 28.2 x 16 x 13 cm

Auction Date: Oct 23, 2019

Estimate: AUD4,000 - AUD6,000

Description: INGE KING
1915-2016
Untitled (1960s)
welded steel
28.2 x 16 x 13 cm

PROVENANCE
Niagara Galleries, Melbourne
Mrs Rae Rothfield, Melbourne, acquired from the above on 18 April 1997
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Location: Melbourne, VIC, AU

Auction House: Smith & Singer

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INGE KING (1915-2016), Rings of the Sun III 2004

Lot 37: INGE KING (1915-2016), Rings of the Sun III 2004

Auction Date: Jun 27, 2019

Estimate: AUD160,000 - AUD200,000

Description: INGE KING (1915-2016), Rings of the Sun III 2004 stainless steel 200.0 x 200.0 x 235.0 cm Private commission for the Corval company collection, Melbourne Private collection, Melbourne Menzies, Sydney, 30 November 2017, lot 39 The private collection of Mr Rodney Menzies...

Location: SOUTH YARRA, VIC, AU

Auction House: Menzies

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INGE KING, (1915 – 2016) , UNFOLDING FORM (MAQUETTE), c.1962, painted steel

Lot 46: INGE KING, (1915 – 2016) , UNFOLDING FORM (MAQUETTE), c.1962, painted steel

Auction Date: Nov 28, 2018

Estimate: AUD30,000 - AUD40,000

Description: INGE KING, (1915 – 2016) , UNFOLDING FORM (MAQUETTE), c.1962, painted steel

DIMENSIONS:
138.0 cm height

PROVENANCE:
Mr Graham Ducker, Sydney, acquired directly from the artist
Thence by descent
Private collection, Sydney

LITERATURE:
Grishin, S., The Art of Inge King Sculptor, 2014, Macmillan Art Publishing, Melbourne, p. 367

RELATED WORK:
Unfolding Form, 1962, steel painted black, 152.4 cm height, formerly private collection, Adelaide, illus. in Grishin, S., The Art of Inge King Sculptor, 2014, Macmillan Art Publishing, Melbourne, p. 94

ESSAY:
Inge King, an émigré artist from central Europe, was so moved by the power of the Australian landscape that she sought to create sculptural works expressing her experience of this new place, resistant to and reflective of the heat and light that characterises the land . Unfolding Form (Maquette), c.1962 belongs to an important series of the artist’s non-representational welded assemblages which is characterised by the careful placement of two-dimensional planes to create tension and movement. Taking their visual cues from the prevailing idiom of contemporary constructed sculpture that was pure geometry and gestural expressionism, these works are reminiscent of those by artists such as Lynn Chadwick and Clement Meadmore, particularly his early planar constructions. Within King’s larger oeuvre, the series of planar forms lies between more organic early assemblages and the volumetric explorations of her Boulder series.

Clustered around a central vertical axis, the tightly integrated planes of Unfolding Form (Maquette) seem to do just that – unfold. Unfurling progressively like an accordion, the flat sheets of cut metal are arranged on a base to provide a myriad of disparate viewpoints. The unequal size and height of each plane creates an expanded arena in which to explore the play of light and shadow, producing effects of spatial enclosure and dissection. For King, an artist who remarkably found early public endorsement for monumental works, the creation of maquettes was central to her practice and these now account for a large proportion of her works in private collections. This version of Unfolding Form is significant, not only because it is among the last of her planar works of the early 1960s, but also because it is the last remaining example of this construction. Its related work, the larger Unfolding Form, was unfortunately destroyed by bushfires in the Adelaide Hills in 1984.1 Standing at a mere 12 cm taller than this maquette, Unfolding Form was installed en plein air, atop a naturally formed boulder.

Inspired by the work of her Melburnian peer, Lenton Parr, Inge King took up welding in 1959. Facing not insignificant public hostility to sculpture as well as a local cultural climate sceptical about abstract art, King nevertheless used this new skill to translate the liberated gestures of Abstract Expressionism into three dimensions. Edward Lucie-Smith, in his survey of modern sculpture, was careful to note that this new expressionist style was executed by sculptors with greater difficulty than it had been by painters.2 As her welding skills developed, King sought out techniques beyond her primary need to join multiple planes of sheet metal, and instead looked for ways of creating visually interesting texture. Unfolding Form (Maquette) exemplifies this achievement, in spite of its marked restriction of formal means. Balancing vertical and horizontal tension, the visibility of each plane of Unfolding Form (Maquette) relies on the contrast between smooth cut surface and raised beads of molten steel, lying along the edges of each sheet and in the recesses between them. It is through these surprising embellishments and juxtapositions that we feel the presence
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Location: Melbourne, VIC, AU

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INGE KING (1915-2016), Shearwater II 1994

Lot 7: INGE KING (1915-2016), Shearwater II 1994

Auction Date: Apr 26, 2018

Estimate: AUD20,000 - AUD30,000

Description: INGE KING (1915-2016), Shearwater II 1994 painted composition board assemblage 100.0 x 68.0 x 85.0 cm unique| signed with initials to base: IK Private commission for the Esso Australia (later ExxonMobil), Melbourne, 1994 Grishin, S., The Art of Inge King: Sculptor, Macmillan Art Publishing, Melbourne, 2014, p.374...

Location: KENSINGTON, NSW, AU

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INGE KING, (1915 – 2016), UNFOLDING FORM (MAQUETTE), c.1962, painted steel

Lot 37: INGE KING, (1915 – 2016), UNFOLDING FORM (MAQUETTE), c.1962, painted steel

Auction Date: Apr 18, 2018

Estimate: AUD40,000 - AUD60,000

Description: INGE KING, (1915 – 2016), UNFOLDING FORM (MAQUETTE), c.1962, painted steel

DIMENSIONS:
138.0 cm height

PROVENANCE:
Private collection, Sydney, acquired directly from the artist
Thence by descent
Private collection, Sydney

LITERATURE:
Grishin, S., The Art of Inge King Sculptor, Macmillan Art Publishing, Melbourne, 2014, p. 367

RELATED WORK:
Unfolding Form, 1962, steel painted black, 152.4 cm height, formerly private collection, Adelaide, illus. in Grishin, S., The Art of Inge King Sculptor, Macmillan Art Publishing, Melbourne, 2014, p. 94

ESSAY:
Inge King, an émigré artist from central Europe, was so moved by the power of the Australian landscape that she sought to create sculptural works expressing her experience of this new place, resistant to and reflective of the heat and light that characterises the land . Unfolding Form, (Maquette), c.1962 belongs to an important series of the artist’s non-representational welded assemblages which is characterised by the careful placement of two-dimensional planes to create tension and movement. Taking their visual cues from the prevailing idiom of contemporary constructed sculpture that was pure geometry and gestural expressionism, these works are reminiscent of those by artists such as Lynn Chadwick and Clement Meadmore, particularly his early planar constructions. Within King’s larger oeuvre, the series of planar forms lies between more organic early assemblages and the volumetric explorations of her Boulder series.

Clustered around a central vertical axis, the tightly integrated planes of Unfolding Form (Maquette) seem to do just that – unfold. Unfurling progressively like an accordion, the flat sheets of cut metal are arranged on a base to provide a myriad of disparate viewpoints. The unequal size and height of each plane creates an expanded arena in which to explore the play of light and shadow, producing effects of spatial enclosure and dissection. For King, an artist who remarkably found early public endorsement for monumental works, the creation of maquettes was central to her practice and these now account for a large proportion of her works in private collections. This version of Unfolding Form is significant, not only because it is among the last of her planar works of the early 1960s, but also because it is the last remaining example of this construction. Its related work, the larger Unfolding Form, was unfortunately destroyed by bushfires in the Adelaide Hills in 1984.1 Standing at a mere 12cm taller than this maquette, Unfolding Form was installed en plein air, atop a naturally formed boulder.

Inspired by the work of her Melburnian peer, Lenton Parr, Inge King took up welding in 1959. Facing not insignificant public hostility to sculpture as well as a local cultural climate sceptical about abstract art, King nevertheless used this new skill to translate the liberated gestures of Abstract Expressionism into three dimensions. Edward Lucie-Smith, in his survey of modern sculpture, was careful to note that this new expressionist style was executed by sculptors with greater difficulty than it had been by painters.2 As her welding skills developed, King sought out techniques beyond her primary need to join multiple planes of sheet metal, and instead looked for ways of creating visually interesting texture. Unfolding Form (Maquette) exemplifies this achievement, in spite of its marked restriction of formal means. Balancing vertical and horizontal tension, the visibility of each plane of Unfolding Form (Maquette) relies on the contrast between smooth cut surface and raised beads of molten steel, lying along the edges of each sheet and in the recesses between them. It is through these surprising embellishments and juxtapositions that we feel the presence of the late artist – having left clear traces of her hand burnt into the metal with a fierce oxy-acetylene flame.

1. Grishin, S., Inge King Sculptor, Macmillan Publishing, Melbourne, 2014, p. 367
2. Lucie-Smith, E., Sculpture since 1945, Phaidon, Oxford, 1987, p. 44

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INGE KING, (1915 – 2016), STELLAR WHEEL, 2010, stainless steel

Lot 38: INGE KING, (1915 – 2016), STELLAR WHEEL, 2010, stainless steel

Auction Date: Apr 18, 2018

Estimate: AUD35,000 - AUD45,000

Description: INGE KING, (1915 – 2016), STELLAR WHEEL, 2010, stainless steel

SIGNED:
signed with initials at base: IK

DIMENSIONS:
71.5 cm height (including base)

PROVENANCE:
Private collection, Adelaide, acquired directly from the artist in 2011

LITERATURE:
Grishin, S., The Art of Inge King Sculptor, 2014, Macmillan Art Publishing, Melbourne, pp. 348, 359, 360 (illus.), 380

ESSAY:
In brilliant contrast to Inge King’s expressive and brooding early assemblages (see lot 37), Stellar Wheel, 2010 glimmers with a futuristic presence. An example of King’s final Celestial Rings series , Stellar Wheel is the product of the convergence of many different lines of inquiry in her oeuvre: the circular form, process-driven art making and expressions inspired by new discoveries in science and technology. Created late in life, many of these works reused elements and compositional structures from earlier sculptures. Stellar Wheel itself is closely related to an unpatinated bronze sculpture from 2002 called Capriccio. Both feature flat segments of a circle, arranged in a fragmented mandala radiating from a central void. It was with youthful exuberance that King harnessed her excitement about the dawn of a new century, and the technological progress that would accompany this transition. She translated her excitement into monumental works featuring sacred geometry from which emanated a spiritual energy, describing the series as ’very positive … life affirming works’.1

Recalling her early wall sculptures, the mechanical precision of King’s approach allowed her to explore the inherent qualities of her chosen medium – steel. King chose to use stainless steel for her sculptures of celestial bodies, transforming it into sleek and shiny planes that would convey a movement and lightness in direct contrast to the heavy immobility of their physical reality. ’I use stainless steel to create lightness and floating movement’, she explained.2 The scintillating scoured surface of these steel planes (an effect created with an angle-grinder) evokes the swirling gases and matter of the universe. These surface striations also allowed for a greater range of reflective effects, incorporating the viewer into the artwork, but crucially, also encouraging them to move around it. These seams and marks are the only evidence of human intervention in this construction, functioning in a similar way to the molten beads of steel that clustered along the edges of her structures in the 1960s.

The circular form had been a constant source of artistic inspiration for King since at least the 1970s. With increasingly reduced formal means, King created assemblages that were easily translated into monumental size. The energy that radiates from these works resides in the geometric tension between centrifugal and centripetal forces. The idea of movement, of rotational and cyclical rhythm, is alluded to in King’s title for this work, Stellar Wheel. The angular, interlocking design of each segment of the circular form marries contemporary machine aesthetic with designs reminiscent of ancient Celtic culture. In conjunction with a cosmic theme, the circular form comes to represent the dynamic and demiurgic nature of the universe, echoing the long-lasting presence Inge King created for herself in the landscape of Australian art.

1. The artist quoted in Hurlston, D., and Eckett, J., Constellation, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2014
2. The artist quoted in Grishin, S., Inge King Sculptor, Macmillan, Melbourne, 2014, p. 260

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INGE KING (1915-2016), Rings of the Sun III 2004

Lot 39: INGE KING (1915-2016), Rings of the Sun III 2004

Auction Date: Nov 30, 2017

Estimate: AUD150,000 - AUD200,000

Description: INGE KING (1915-2016), Rings of the Sun III 2004 INGE KING (1915-2016), Rings of the Sun III 2004 stainless steel, 200.0 x 200.0 x 235.0 cm , , Private commission for the Corval company collection, Melbourne Private collection, Melbourne...

Location: KENSINGTON, NSW, AU

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INGE KING, (1915 – 2016), SHOUTING ANGELS, 1994, bronze

Lot 11: INGE KING, (1915 – 2016), SHOUTING ANGELS, 1994, bronze

Auction Date: Nov 29, 2017

Estimate: AUD30,000 - AUD40,000

Description: INGE KING, (1915 – 2016), SHOUTING ANGELS, 1994, bronze

SIGNED:
signed and dated on base: Inge King 94

DIMENSIONS:
85.0 x 95.0 x 118.0 cm

PROVENANCE:
Australian Galleries, Sydney
The Estate of the late James O. Fairfax AC, Sydney, acquired from the above in 1999

EXHIBITED:
Recent Sculpture by Inge King, Australian Galleries, Sydney, 8 April 1999 – 1 May 1999, cat. 5

RELATED WORK:
Singing Child, 1993, bronze, 82.0 x 41.0 x 68.0 cm, illus. in Trimble, J., Inge King Sculptor, Art and Australia and Craftsman House, Sydney, 1996, p. 164

ESSAY:
Unfolding laterally in space like a flower, the forms of Inge King’s Shouting Angels,1994 are caught in an eternal tussle. A dynamic example of her refined series of ‘angel’ compositions, this work displays the verve and maturity of composition that characterised the late figurative works of the doyenne of Australian sculpture. Classically trained in the United Kingdom and Germany, King became a pre-eminent figure in the development of non-objective art in Australia, not only encouraging the application of a modernist aesthetic within the sculptural practice of her adoptive home, but also lobbying to integrate sculpture within the urban environment.

Following on from the exuberant figurative works of 1992 and 1993, which translated balletic and gymnastic movement into static and planar forms, the works of King’s ‘angel series’ had simplified compositions, smoother outlines and a more marked spiritual presence. Assembled from disjointed and intersecting planes of sheet metal, Shouting Angels is at once a three-dimensional mass and a collage of flat surfaces assembled across dimensions. Rearticulating the interaction between the volume of a sculpture and the space around it, King’s works integrate negative space within their forms, rather than simply displacing it, creating sculptures that suggest a thousand different angles of vision. Graeme Sturgeon, eminent curator and scholar of Australian sculpture, wrote of the seductive and tantalising appeal of King’s sculptures: ‘we are denied any sense of formal predictability, the complexity of the relationship, and the distinctiveness of different views, mean that the work eludes our intellectual grasp, constantly renewing out interest as we move about it’.1

The late James O. Fairfax responded to the tense and balanced composition of Shouting Angels, displaying it on a pedestal in the gardens of his weekend home at Bilgola in Sydney’s northern beaches. In this environment, while the curved forms of the sculpture stretched out towards the horizon, the briny breeze created a pale green patina and the work carries this Verdigris surface proudly. The constantly evolving nature of outdoor sculpture was something that King enjoyed, declaring in 2006: ‘Multidimensional objects look different from every angle. The exciting thing about outdoor sculpture is the change with the light, the weather ... everything is in constant flux. It becomes almost a living entity’.2

Suspended in a tense opposite movement, the geometric forms that compose each of the angels’ figures are unapologetic and bold. Shouting Angels features clearer and more pronounced curved shapes than the earlier Joie De Vivre sculptures, inspired by Paul Klee’s schematic figuration as opposed to the gestural formalism of Matisse’s cut-outs that had fed into King’s earlier works. The disjunctive planes suggesting discord rather than the introspective humility of other works in the series, Shouting Angels illustrates King’s longstanding intention to visually translate the exquisite problems of human existence.

1. Sturgeon, G., ‘Inge King. An Obdurate Certainty’, Art and Australia, Sydney, vol. 51, no. 4, winter 2014, p. 533
2. The artist quoted in Sta
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Location: Melbourne, VIC, AU

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Inge King (1915-2016)

Lot 8: Inge King (1915-2016)

Auction Date: Nov 22, 2017

Estimate: AUD6,000 - AUD9,000

Description: Mother and Child, patinated bronze, together with working drawing, synthetic polymer paint on paper, signed l.r.c. 'Inge King' (2)...

Location: Woollahra, Sydney, NSW, AU

Auction House: Shapiro Auctioneers

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INGE KING, (1915 – 2016), DERVISH (MAQUETTE II), 1991, polychrome steel

Lot 45: INGE KING, (1915 – 2016), DERVISH (MAQUETTE II), 1991, polychrome steel

Auction Date: Aug 30, 2017

Estimate: AUD15,000 - AUD20,000

Description: INGE KING, (1915 ? 2016), DERVISH (MAQUETTE II), 1991, polychrome steel

DIMENSONS:
70.0 cm height

PROVENANCE
Australian Galleries, Melbourne
The Estate of the late James O. Fairfax AC, New South Wales, acquired from the above in 1991

EXHIBITED:
Joie De Vivre: An Exhibition of Recent Sculptures by Inge King, Australian Galleries, Melbourne, September ? October 1991

RELATED WORKS:
Dervish, 1991, painted bronze, 167.0 x 132.0 x 100.0 cm, exhibited in Inge King: Large and Small Bronze Sculptures, Australian Galleries, Melbourne, 26 April ? 22 May 1993

ESSAY:
Teetering precariously with joyful and flamboyant expression, Inge King?s second maquette of Dervish is imbued with a sense of movement that contradicts the solidity of its assemblage. Although directly descended from her geometric totemic sculptures, King?s dancing silhouettes were the most figurative artworks of her later career. They retained the planar quality of her abstract works, becoming three-dimensional collages of sheet metal. Inspired by Henri Matisse?s iconic decoupages, 1Dervish and its accompanying dancers interact with the space around them ? the intersecting planes of their construction playing with depth and shadow, extending their outermost limits beyond the physical boundaries that confine them. The surprising addition of small elements of colour assisted the creation of ?not only significance and shape, but also extremity, distance, and advancing and receding planes?. 2

While the seventies and eighties were characterised by the realisation of King?s abstract maquettes into large scale public sculptures, the decade that followed showed a radical reframing of the artist?s vision: smaller, autonomous objects, introduction of colour and clearer representational forms. Perhaps a product of her confidence as a mature sculptor, this new direction was joyful and showed a greater connection to her European artistic heritage. King was not alone in adopting a more figurative and object-based approach to sculpture in the latter half of the eighties, as Maudie Palmer noted in her review of Australian Sculpture Now, the Second Australian Sculpture Triennial at the National Gallery of Victoria in the summer of 1984 ? 85. 3

James Fairfax acquired this maquette from the Joie de Vivre solo exhibition the artist held at Australian Galleries in Sydney, complementing her larger sculpture he already had installed in the gardens at Retford Park. Celebrating the joy of life, the sculptures of this exhibition synthesised human movement into single stylised static pose, embodying the pregnant moment, theorised by 18th century philosopher Gotthold Lessing, linking form to a temporal background. While the dancers are stylised, they are not idealised. The awkward poses they adopt evoke the recognisable movements of human expression, both performative and anodyne. King has also attempted to introduce a further sensory element ? sound. Poised to stamp his foot on the ground, the dervish is suspended in action, his centre of gravity dangerously off-kilter. Critics at the time applauded the grace, ease and gaiety of the works in the exhibition at Australian Galleries, one even noted their musicality. King herself considered Joie de Vivre to have been her most important exhibition. 4

1. Inge King had a print of Henri Matisse?s Icarus hanging in her house.
2. Trimble, J., Inge King. Sculptor, Art and Australia and Craftsman House, Sydney, 1996, p. 141
3. Palmer, M., quoted in Trimble, J., op cit., p. 143
4. Trimble, J., op cit., pp. 148 ? 149

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INGE KING (1915-2016) Gemini (Maquette II) 1990

Lot 100: INGE KING (1915-2016) Gemini (Maquette II) 1990

Auction Date: Feb 09, 2017

Estimate: AUD18,000 - AUD25,000

Description: INGE KING (1915-2016) Gemini (Maquette II) 1990, painted steel, 54.5 x 65.0 x 40.0 cm unique inscribed: ik ...

Location: Melbourne, VIC, AU

Auction House: Menzies

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INGE KING (1915-2016), Singing Child 1993

Lot 82: INGE KING (1915-2016), Singing Child 1993

Auction Date: Jun 23, 2016

Estimate: AUD30,000 - AUD40,000

Description: INGE KING (1915-2016) , Singing Child, 1993 bronze, 82.0cm x 41.0cm x 68.0 cm, unique ...

Location: KENSINGTON, NSW, AU

Auction House: Menzies

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INGE KING born 1915 Fiesta (Maquette) 1989-90

Lot 15: INGE KING born 1915 Fiesta (Maquette) 1989-90

Auction Date: Sep 24, 2015

Estimate: AUD30,000 - AUD40,000

Description: INGE KING born 1915 Fiesta (Maquette) 1989-90 polychrome steel 70.0 x 82.0 x 38.0 cm signed with initials to base: i.k...

Location: KENSINGTON, NSW, AU

Auction House: Menzies

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INGE KING born 1918 Thoughtful Angel (Second Version) (1993) bronze

Lot 10: INGE KING born 1918 Thoughtful Angel (Second Version) (1993) bronze

Auction Date: Nov 25, 2014

Estimate: AUD40,000 - AUD60,000

Description: INGE KING
born 1918
Thoughtful Angel (Second Version) (1993)
bronze
signed and dated
111 x 60 x 56 cm

PROVENANCE
Australian Galleries, Melbourne
Private Collection, Melbourne, acquired from the above in 1996

EXHIBITED
Inge King: Angels and other Bronzes,Australian Galleries, 9 August - 3 September 1994, no. 7
Inge King: Sculpture, Australian Galleries, Melbourne, 2-28 September 1996, no.9

LITERATURE
Judith Trimble, Inge King: Sculptor, Craftsman House, Sydney, 1996, pp. 164, 206

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Location: Sydney, NSW, AU

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INGE KING born 1915 Two is a Crowd 1985

Lot 30: INGE KING born 1915 Two is a Crowd 1985

Auction Date: Sep 23, 2014

Estimate: AUD90,000 - AUD120,000

Description: INGE KING born 1915 Two is a Crowd 1985 powder-coated steel 100.0 x 128.0 x 104.0 cm (overall) element i: 101.0 x 100.5 x 52.0 cm element ii: 93.0 x 92.5 52.0 cm This work is the second version of a larger work of the same title...

Location: KENSINGTON, NSW, AU

Auction House: Menzies

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INGE KING born 1918 Windspirit 1998 bronze

Lot 289: INGE KING born 1918 Windspirit 1998 bronze

Auction Date: Jul 29, 2014

Estimate: AUD6,000 - AUD8,000

Description: INGE KING
born 1918
Windspirit 1998
bronze
29 x 45 x 40 cm

PROVENANCE
Australian Galleries, Melbourne (label attached)
Private Collection, Melbourne

EXHIBITED
Smyrnios Gallery, Melbourne CHECK

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Location: MELBOURNE, VIC, AU

Auction House: Smith & Singer

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INGE KING born 1915 Fiesta (Maquette) 1989- 90

Lot 70: INGE KING born 1915 Fiesta (Maquette) 1989- 90

Auction Date: Oct 31, 2013

Estimate: AUD30,000 - AUD40,000

Description: INGE KING
born 1915
Fiesta (Maquette)
1989- 90
polychrome steel
70.0 x 82.0 x 38.0 cm
signed with initials to base: i.k
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Location: KENSINGTON, NSW, AU

Auction House: Menzies

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Inge King born 1918 JESTER bronze

Lot 155: Inge King born 1918 JESTER bronze

Auction Date: Aug 28, 2013

Estimate: AUD4,000 - AUD6,000

Description: Inge King born 1918 JESTER bronze


DIMENSIONS
57.0 cm height

PROVENANCE
Australian Galleries, Sydney(label attached to base)
Collection of Lex Aitken andAlfredo (Bouret) Gonzalez, Sydney
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Location: Paddington, NSW, AU

Auction House: Deutscher and Hackett

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INGE KING born 1918 Two is a Crowd 1985 element i:

Lot 26: INGE KING born 1918 Two is a Crowd 1985 element i:

Auction Date: Sep 13, 2012

Estimate: AUD80,000 - AUD100,000

Description: INGE KING born 1918 Two is a Crowd 1985 element i: 101.0 x 100.5 x 52.0 cm element ii: 93.0 x 92.5 52.0 cm This work is the second version of a larger work of the same title...

Location: KENSINGTON, NSW, AU

Auction House: Menzies

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Inge King (born 1918)

Lot 136: Inge King (born 1918)

Auction Date: May 29, 2012

Estimate: £4,000 - £6,000

Description: Angel
incised 'IK' underneath
painted steel
60.0 x 25.0 x 25.0cm (23 5/8 x 9 13/16 x 9 13/16in).
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Location: London, LDN, UK

Auction House: Bonhams

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Inge King (born 1918) Untitled welded steel and bronze wall sculpture

Lot 60: Inge King (born 1918) Untitled welded steel and bronze wall sculpture

Auction Date: May 08, 2011

Estimate: AUD1,000 - AUD2,000

Description: Inge King
(born 1918)
Untitled
welded steel and bronze wall sculpture
23cm (height)

PROVENANCE
Gift from the artist
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Location: Melbourne, VIC, AU

Auction House: Leonard Joel

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Inge King Blue and yellow, 1985 painted steel

Lot 164: Inge King Blue and yellow, 1985 painted steel

Auction Date: Aug 04, 2009

Estimate: AUD4,000 - AUD6,000

Description: Inge King Blue and yellow, 1985 painted steel sculpture 30 x 60 cm...

Location: South Yarra, VIC, AU

Auction House: Artemis Auctions

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Inge King (born 1918) Untitled 1998 screenprint

Lot 23: Inge King (born 1918) Untitled 1998 screenprint

Auction Date: Apr 19, 2009

Estimate: AUD100 - AUD200

Description: Inge King (born 1918) Untitled 1998 screenprint A/P signed and dated 'Inge King 98' lower right editioned lower left 49.5 x 32cm Proceeds of this lot will be donated to the North Warrandyte CFA....

Location: Melbourne, VIC, AU

Auction House: Leonard Joel

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KING, Inge Pegasus 1991 Bronze Approx 36cm wide

Lot 43: KING, Inge Pegasus 1991 Bronze Approx 36cm wide

Auction Date: Mar 02, 2009

Estimate: AUD3,000 - AUD5,000

Description: KING, Inge Pegasus 1991 Bronze Approx 36cm wide Provenance Australian Galleries Melbourne, 1993 x 36 cm...

Location: Armadale, VIC, AU

Auction House: Mossgreen Auctions

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KING, Inge Blue and yellow ? 1985 Painted steel

Lot 42: KING, Inge Blue and yellow ? 1985 Painted steel

Auction Date: Mar 02, 2009

Estimate: AUD5,000 - AUD8,000

Description: KING, Inge Blue and yellow ? 1985 Painted steel sculpture Provenance Australian Galleries Melbourne 60 x 30 cm...

Location: Armadale, VIC, AU

Auction House: Mossgreen Auctions

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INGE KING (B. 1918)

Lot 51: INGE KING (B. 1918)

Auction Date: Apr 10, 2006

Estimate: AUD9,000 - AUD12,000

Description: Voodoo
polychromed steel
170 x 15 x 10 cm
Executed in 1987
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Location: Melbourne, VIC, AU

Auction House: Christie's

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INGE KING (b. 1918)

Lot 361: INGE KING (b. 1918)

Auction Date: May 03, 2004

Estimate: AUD4,000 - AUD6,000

Description: Untitled
welded steel
39 cm high (including base)
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Location: Melbourne, VIC, AU

Auction House: Christie's

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INGE KING (b. 1918)

Lot 71: INGE KING (b. 1918)

Auction Date: May 06, 2003

Estimate: $18,200 - $22,750

Description: Euridice black painted steel 207 x 45.5 x 31 cm Executed in 1965 PROVENANCE Acquired directly from the artist by BHP Pty Ltd, Melbourne in 1967 LITERATURE Art Gallery of New South Wales, Centre Five Contemporary Sculpture, Sydney 1965, illus. (unpaginated) J Zimmer, Inge King Sculpture 1945 - 1982 A Survey, Melbourne, 1982, illus. p. 51, ref, p. 11 J Trimble, Inge King Sculptor, Sydney, 1996, illus. no. 34, p. 58, ref. pp. 51 - 59 EXHIBITION Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Centre Five Contemporary Sculpture, 6 - 24 October 1965, cat. no. 4 Tokyo, Expo, 1967 NOTES Judith Trimble wrote of this work "... Euridice was produced in maquettes of steel and copper, and in bronzed steel during 1964 before the final, full scale, black painted steel sculpture was realised in 1965... Euridice presents different compositions from all sides, appearing as a dense compaction of thick, flat, irregular steelplates, and, from some viewpoints, sometimes as enfolding curved plates around a tall, spatial core... (its) density in some views suggests an organic character formed by molten metal, rather than assemblage. By 1965 such expressive monumentality has become the dominant aspect of King's Abstract Expressionism." (J Trimble, op. cit, p. 59). ...

Location: Melbourne, VIC, AU

Auction House: Christie's

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INGE KING (b. 1918)

Lot 73: INGE KING (b. 1918)

Auction Date: May 06, 2003

Estimate: $16,250 - $22,750

Description: Balance of Steel Forms black painted steel 207 x 43 x 119 cm Executed in 1971 - 1972 PROVENANCE Commissioned by Kim Bonython for The BHP House Collection, Melbourne. ...

Location: Melbourne, VIC, AU

Auction House: Christie's

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INGE KING (b. 1918)

Lot 254: INGE KING (b. 1918)

Auction Date: Nov 25, 2002

Estimate: $2,795 - $3,913

Description: Untitled welded steel 39 cm high (including base) PROVENANCE Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner circa 1964. ...

Location: Melbourne, VIC, AU

Auction House: Christie's

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INGE KING (b. 1918)

Lot 222: INGE KING (b. 1918)

Auction Date: Aug 27, 2002

Estimate: $3,780 - $5,400

Description: Untitled welded steel 39 cm high (including base) PROVENANCE Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner circa 1964. ...

Location: Melbourne, VIC, AU

Auction House: Christie's

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